Name of law: Ley de Acceso a la Informacion Publica First adopted: 2008 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a


The absence of expert oversight on this rating and the fact that appeals are run through a judicial mechanism means that Guatemala's score is probably between four and six points lower than it should be, since our reviewer was unable to gather accurate information on how judicial appeals regarding the right to information function. The lack of an independent oversight will always lead to a poor score under the "Appeals" section (as well it should), but in this instance Guatemala missed out on some indicators for which it was eligible because of our inability to find reliable information regarding their judicial procedure. Other than this deficiency, the law is relatively strong with a good promotional scheme, wide scope, and good recognition of the right of access. However, the fact that information can be classified by other legislation is problematic.